California Restaurants

10 8 Vim Dining & Desserts

Address: 2238 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Vim Dining & Desserts
$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick Outdoor Seating
Chef Jesikah Stolaroff brings the feeling of home together with local ingredients and refined technique to create food that fills the heart. She specializes in thoughtful, New American cuisine with a nod toward her family’s Italian roots, joined by unforgettable, innovative desserts. A native of Santa Cruz, Jesikah got her start as a teenager making incredible cakes for birthdays and weddings, before moving north to hone her craft. She studied both the science and the art of food, with degrees in Nutritional Science from UC Berkeley and Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa. Jesikah cut her ...

10 8 Avanti Restaurant

Address: 1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Avanti Restaurant
$$$ Recommended New
At Avanti Restaurant, we have been committed to the local food culture since 2019. We serve you organic vegetables, sustainable seafood, pasture-raised meats and poultry, organic milk, butter and eggs, locally roasted coffee, and house-made desserts. We have a full bar featuring seasonal cocktails and a variety of spirits.

10 8 Bouchee

Address: Carmel-By-The-Sea Mission Street, Carmel, CA 93921
$$
The 49-seat restaurant offers a menu highly influenced by the bounty of the local land and sea. Bouchée Wine Merchants features fine wines and spirits, ports and sherries from California, the United States, Europe and the world, as well as speciality wine gift items.

10 8 Anton & Michel

Address: Court of the Fountains/Mission St, Carmel, CA 93921
$$ Editor's Pick
The menu, a showcase of fine continental cuisine, offers an array of inspired selections: fresh Monterey Bay seafood, filet mignon, fresh-farmed abalone and house specialties, to name only a few. Rack of lamb and Châteaubriand carved tableside in the classic European tradition highlight the impeccable service.

10 8 Brix Restaurant & Wine Shop

Address: 7377 Street Helena Hwy, Yountville, CA 94558
$$ Editor's Pick
Brix's primary style could be defined as Seasonal California cuisine. Whenever possible, we use local produce, some of which comes from our vegetable & herb garden. Our Chefs believe in healthful and flavorful cooking, something that will challenge the palate without overcomplicating the experience.

10 8 Pilar

Address: 807 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559
$$ Editor's Pick
Located at 807 Main Street, near the new Third Street bridge and an integral part of the new Napa Waterfront District, Pilar is a major contribution to the renaissance of historic downtown Napa. The 49-seat restaurant is an oasis of cool re-straint to highlight the "contemporary Napa Valley" menu created by the husband and wife pair.

10 8 Campton Place Restaurant

Address: 340 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Campton Place Restaurant
$$$
Centrally located in the buzzing business district of San Francisco’s Union Square, Campton Place provides the opportunity for a quick business lunch, cocktails, or a 5 course sit-down tasting dinner. The restaurant serves a great deal of upscale fare like Caviar, rare wines, and delectable desserts with blown sugar accents as well as scrumptious main courses. Head Chef Srijith uniquely adds a Mediterranean flare to his California cuisine by infusing balance into each dish that is made from fresh locally grown ingredients. Campton Place is surely a winemaker’s and wine lover’s destination as the restaurant’s wine list boasts some of ...

10 8 Coi

Address: 373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
Coi
$$$$$ Top 10
Although Coi’s décor exudes a soothing calm in shades of earthy minimalism, its cuisine is a jolt of culinary electricity. Chef Daniel Patterson’s tasting menus take diners on a sensuous adventure reflective of his diverse culinary background, which includes a stint at the infamous El Bulli. A meal at Coi is an exercise in the revelry of the unexpected: a starter might include the application of essential oils to the wrist, while a dessert might be couched in smoked yogurt. The result is an experience that embodies the doe-eyed wonder of childhood with the poise and refinement of haute cuisine.

10 8 La Folie

Address: 2316 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
La Folie
$$$$ Top 10
With colorful flower boxes, large picture windows, and a sunny saffron-colored sign, La Folie exudes a charming Frenchness. Inside, a luminous dining room in warm hues and lush fabrics is an elegant canvas for the presentation of Executive Chef Roland Possat’s French and California-inspired creations. The prix-fixe menu whimsically explores the interplay between tradition and experimentation: classic French ingredients like foie gras, frog legs, and snails mingle with dishes featuring lobster vanilla sauce and oxtail stuffed calamari. While, as its name suggests, La Folie has a playful streak of madness, it is more the result of a masterful and supremely ...

10 8 Spruce

Address: 3640 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Spruce
$$$ Top 10 Special Offer
Simplicity is bliss: local ingredients, fresh flavors, and charming surroundings, converge to offer a truly blissful experience at Spruce. This communal watering hole encourages diners to dine, socialize, and relax, with the help of a menu that highlights the very best of contemporary American cuisine. The in-house temperature controlled curing room caters to the impressive charcuterie selection, and up to 80% of the produce used at any time may come from the restaurant’s own private farm. Savory delights include the Hot and Cold Foie Gras, the Buttered Main Lobster, and the Charred Berkshire Pork Tenderloin.

10 8 Betty Zlatchin Catering

Address: 1177 Indiana Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Betty Zlatchin Catering
$$$
“Food is our passion.” If your passion is food as well, look no further than Betty Zlatchin Catering; their slogan speaks to their creative flair for presentation and commitment to using locally-grown, organic foods. The happy result is delicious, fresh dishes that aim to please every palate. Specializing in weddings, the company tailors each menu to match the needs and style of their clients and have been praised by Food and Wine Magazine. Dedicated to buying from sustainable sources and local vendors, you may find one of Betty Zlatchin’s staff at the farmer’s market looking for produce or collaborating with ...

10 8 Piperade

Address: 1015 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
Piperade
$$$ Top 10
Named after one of the Basque region’s signature dishes, Piperade combines accomplished Chef Gerald Hirigoyen’s robust and unique native cuisine with the Bay Area’s fresh and bustling vibe. Nestled between Telegraph Hill and the Financial District, this warm, chic restaurant attracts a lively crowd. Piperade’s menu focuses on fresh, savory seafood and gourmet touches, and even offers daily prix fixe lunch specials. The Cold Poached Foie Gras with black pepper, sea salt and apple compote as well as the Piperade with sautéed serrano ham and poached egg are promising selections that make this menu stand apart. With an inviting outdoor ...

10 8 Oola

Address: 860 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Oola
$$$
This sophisticated American bistro specializes in California comfort food with a French flair. Chef Ola Fendert uses classic cooking techniques to prepare dishes like All Natural Baby Back Ribs and Lamb Daube. Oola Restaurant and Bar features these hearty bistro favorites while using organic meats and produce, as well as artisan cheeses and wines. Picked by Bon Appetit Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Hot Spots” around the country, this split level space is sleek and mature. Recycled wood, exposed stone, rust-toned light fixtures and plenty of candlelight produce an alluring and sexy atmosphere.

10 8 Rivoli

Address: 1539 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707
Rivoli
$$
Chef and Owner Wendy Brucker and Owner and General Manager Roscoe Skipper are the dynamic duo behind Rivoli, in Berkeley. They met, wed, and plunged into the world of restaurant success in 1994, with fresh and earthy fare that strikes a balance between unique combinations and traditional techniques. The “secret garden” lures patrons in, and the healthful and satisfying cuisine keeps them coming back. Dishes like the Saffron and Pimenton Risotto and the Pan Roast Chicken are quite memorable, but with a seasonal menu that changes every three weeks there is always something new to try, and love.

10 8 Sutro's at the Cliff House

Address: 1090 Point Lobos, San Francisco, CA 94121
Sutro's at the Cliff House
$$$
Chef George Morrone, best known for his tour-de-force career at Aqua, is now cooking up a new form of success at Sutro’s. Located at the historic Cliff House overlooking Ocean Beach, the setting incorporates breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean with venturesome surroundings where you can partake in a multitude of activities like hiking the spectacular Lands End trails, exploring the Sutro Bath vestiges or taking a stroll along the beach. The menu, which integrates seasonal farm-fresh ingredients and the finest seafood, also boasts an award-winning wine list and a rousing presentation.

10 8 Chambers Eat + Drink

Address: 601 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Chambers Eat + Drink
$$ New
Chambers Eat + Drink is a restaurant and lounge inside San Francisco’s iconic rock n’ roll hotel, the Phoenix, and provides a menu, décor, and ambiance that is both chic and full of substance. Executive Chef Trevor Ogden—formerly from Mission Beach Café and Umami—has constructed a menu that is laden with seasonal entrees derived from California with influences from Japan, the Mediterranean and France. Examples are the Sizzling Kobe Tri-Tip and the Lamb Saddle—English peas, Israeli couscous, baby white carrots, chard leeks, pea tendrils and lamb jus. The menu complements the aesthetics, providing scenery that is modern with two indoor ...

10 8 La Fontana

Address: 4949 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
La Fontana
$$
When visiting Santa Clara, the Hilton on the corner of Great American Parkway and Tasman offers a comfortable place to stay and a great restaurant to dine at. California and Mediterranean inspired food adorns the menu at the Hilton’s La Fontana. For early risers, the menu has an array of egg dishes with unique choices like the Angel Hair Frittata. Fresh salads, sandwiches, and wraps are served at lunch for those in the mood for a light meal. Dinner favorites at La Fontana include Cheese Sacchetti, four cheese stuffed pasta pouches, and Pasta di Mare Pomodoro, seafood tossed in linguini. ...

10 8 Slanted Door San Ramon

Address: 6000 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA 94583

10 8 Fountaingrove Lodge Dining

Address: 4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

10 8 Bobateani

Address: 630 Blossom Hill Rd, Suite 50, San Jose, CA 95123